Day: June 19, 2018

Grenfell junior rugby league’s open Mic night

It’s that time of year again folks, time to put on your dancing shoes, warm up those vocals chords and grab your guitar and other instruments and make your way to The Grenfell Country Club for the Grenfell Junior Rugby League’s 2012 Open Mic Night on Saturday August 11.
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Anyone from all ages and musical abilities are encouraged to attend as this is a fantastic fun night for the whole family.

This is not a competition but a night of fun, food, music and laughter.

There will be a free courtesy bus running on the night as well as raffles and lucky prizes throughout the night.

Tickets are just $15 per adult and $8 per child (12yrs and under) this includes hot Meat & Gravy Rolls, tickets are selling quickly and are available to purchase from Louisa’s Locker, Henry Lawson High School, Grenfell Public School, Caltex Service Station & C J Andersons & Co.

To avoid disappointment grab your tickets today.

For further information contact Rita Mawhinney 6343 2459, Cindy Brebner 6343 1521 or Lorraine Harveyson 6343 2131.

The Grenfell Super Band on stage at last year’s Mic Night.

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Weddin Whispers “Heard it through the Grapevine” with Deidre Carroll

Grace Walker spent four weeks in Fiji with 93 of her contemporaries as part of Sydney Anglican Youthworks yr 13. Paul Joyce who will be representing his Newcastle in Zone 2 at Lambton Bowling Club on August 11 and 12.
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Congratulations: Former local, Paul Joyce son of John and brother of Danny has been selected in Lawn Bowls to represent Newcastle (Zone 2) in the Pat Geary Shield series at Lambton Bowling Club ( his home club) on August 11 and12.

The team will play against the Central Coast, Hunter/Upper Hunter and the North Coast.

The team consists of 24 players, being 6 rinks of 4.

Paul has been in the reserve’s squad for some time and will make his series debut alongside five other team mates from Lambton.

They will have the opportunity to play alongside some great players in Terry Antram (Australian Representative), Richard Girvan (NZ Representative) along with State Representatives.

Paul celebrates his birthday on Monday August 13 so it should be an exciting weekend for him and his teammates.

Youthworks Yr 13 Program: Grace Walker, daughter of David and Norma of “Cumnock Springs” has recently returned from 4 weeks in Fiji with 93 of her contemporaries.

They travelled as part of Sydney Anglican Youthworks Year 13 program which involves training in Christian discipleship and theology.

During their time in Fiji they lived for some time with local families in remote villages. There they took part in local church activities and ran kids and youth programmes. They also visited Women’s refuges, Prisons and orphanages, and helped in practical ways. Grace describes her experience as very challenging but an amazing time she won’t forget.

Happy Birthday: Debbie Williamson celebrated her birthday on Tuesday evening with her many friends at Fettler’s Restaurant.

Annual Combined Churchman’s Dinner: The Annual Churchman’s dinner this year hosted by the Anglican parish will be held on Thursday August 23 in the parish hall with fellowship at 6.30pm followed by dinner. At 7pm.

A very interesting speaker, the Reverend Eric Burton whose first appointment as a Parish Priest was at Bribbaree will be guest speaker.

Following his appointment to Bribbaree he became a Navy Chaplain.

Cost for the evening is only $15 per head. All men in Grenfell are welcome to attend.

For catering purposes, please place your name on the sheets at any of the churches in Grenfell a week prior.

Pre-school Art Exhibition: The Grenfell Pre-School will be running their annual art show from Monday August 13 to Friday 17.

Held at the Grenfell Hub in Main Street, This exhibition was very successful last year and enjoyed by the whole community.

The Grenfell Show: Members of the Grenfell PAH&I committee are very busy preparing for the annual show which will be held on Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1.

Sincere Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to Doone nee Griffiths and her children Imogen and Isabella on the recent and untimely death at Orange of her dear husband and their loving father Dugald Grist.

Sympathy is extended to Alison Dinham and her family on the death of her mother June Bewley on Saturday July 21. Alison had been down visiting her mother in Victoria prior to her passing.

Sympathy is also extended to Maureen Piefke and her extended family on the passing of her dear husband Bill, to the family of Neill Lamb and to the family of Stanley-better known as John Huckel late of Gooloogong.

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Open gardens to be discussed

The July meeting, chaired by President Phyl Smith was held in the conference room at the Community Hub on Main Street.
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The main general business item was the Open Gardens Weekend to be held on October 13 and 14, 2012.

Several residents have already agreed to open their gardens, however anyone willing to display their pride and joy would be welcomed by President Phyl on 6343 1164.

A highlight of the July meeting was a talk by Librarian Anne Gault about her trip to Mali in West Africa.

Anne spoke of the history of the country from ancient times, of the customs that have developed, the standard of living of the people today and showed photos of, amongst other things, unique mud buildings.

She emphasized the importance of the great Niger River upon which 100 million people depend.

During her 12 day visit to Mali Anne was, obviously not just a tourist!

The next meeting of the club will be the AGM, to be held at the Grenfell Bowling Club at 2pm on Tuesday August 7, 2012.

Guest speaker, Mr Reg Kidd has agreed to come from Orange to speak at the AGM.

Reg is probably best known for his gardening talk-back radio show on ABC Radio on Saturday mornings.

He is a councilor with Orange City Council and a former Mayor on the Executive of the NSW Farmers’ Association and several other organizations.

We look forward to hearing from Reg on a range of topics including gardening.

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Red Cross elect new committee at AGM

The Red Cross AGM was held in the CWA Rooms on Friday, July 27 at 2pm.
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Our Vice President Helen Sweeting was in the chair as our President was not available.

Helen opened the meeting with the National Anthem/God Save the Queen and our Pledge.

Helen then welcomed all the guests, visitors and members.

Apologies were then accepted followed by the Annual Reports and their adoption was moved by Meryl Hunter.

Weddin Shire Mayor, Maurice Simpson, then took the chair for the Annual Election of Branch Officers for the coming twelve months.

The following Officer Bearers were declared elected at the completion of voting:

President: Beth Taylor.

Secretary: Elaine Dumbrell.

Treasurer: Pam Fletcher.

Vice Presidents: Pip Wood, Helen Sweeting and Jan Jones.

Catering Officers: Dawn Anderson and Naomi Steinhardt.

Publicity Officers: Jill Corke and Margaret Whitty.

Merchandising Officer: Naomi Steinhardt.

Following the declaration of the new committee Chair Maurice Simpson presented the Office Bearers with their badges. The new Office Bearers then took their seats after Maurice vacated the chair.

Carol Hargrave then introduced the Guest Speaker, Anne Gault – the Grenfell Librarian. Anne spoke of her recent trip around Mali and Timbuktu in Africa.

It was an absorbing and interesting description of her travels.

Jan Jones thanked Anne and presented her with a small gift of appreciation.

Helen Sweeting then closed the meeting and welcomed all to stay for afternoon tea and a chat.

The next meeting will be held on August 24 in the CWA Rooms.

All smiles at the Grenfell Red Cross AGM last Friday at the CWA Rooms were (l/r) Carol Hargrave (outgoing Secretary),Margaret Whitty (Publicity Officer), Helen Sweeting (Vice President), Elaine Dumbrell (Secretary), Beth Taylor (President), guest speaker Anne Gault with guests Jenny Guihot and Noelene Melchert from Cowra Red Cross.

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The Mini Olympics come to Grenfell

Are you tired, just plain not interested, or even sick of the hullabaloo of the present all-pervasive Olympic games in the “Old Dart” – especially with all the commercial overtones that seems to have eaten away at the true Olympic spirit that appears to now overshadow this once great peon to athletic ability.
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Well, if that’s the case, the Record has the remedy that will hopefully restore your view of what the Olympic spirit should really mean.

The Grenfell Playgroup, St Joseph’s Catholic School and the Grenfell Public Schools have all held (mini) Olympic games this week that portray the best of the athletes on view without a sponsor in sight – except, that is, for all the Mum’s and Dad’s, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, as well as other family members and friends, who showed up to yell support to all the contestants – which was every child in the two primary schools and the Playgroup.

Yes – every single child got to show their wares as they fully engaged in a great collaborative effort where winning wasn’t everything or even anything, despite the mock handing out of cardboard medals in fun.

The main thread that ran through all three events was the sheer joy of being there and having a great time, whilst at the same time learning first hand what is meant by just being a member of a big team.

No stars, no tantrums – just good old fashioned fun – It’s a pity it can’t be bottled and sold, however, maybe that’s the whole point of the exercise.

There were a variety of events at the Grenfell Mini Olympics.

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Indoor Bowls News

I apologise for missing the reports over the last few weeks, but things have been very difficult.
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First of all – a report on our Open Day held on June 22.

We had 16 teams taking part on the day with teams coming from as far away as Junee, Parkes and Burraga.

Winners for the visitors were a team from Forbes Golf Club skipped by Wilma Hepburn, winning all four games and scoring 33 points.

Winners for the locals were a team skipped by B. Martin from the Young Club, who helped out numbers for our locals with A. Taylor, I. Bush and M. Rudd.

Last Friday night our visitors from Young stole the evening with the winning team being skipped by W. Galvan from Young with A. Taylor and O. Feeney.

The runners up team, was skipped by G. Galvan with P. Parker and M. Rudd.

We have no important events coming up in August now that our district singles has been put back a month or so.

Next Friday night we have social bowls only, so I am hoping to get a more hands on report.

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Wotzon in Grenfell

Wednesday – August 1
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Final Knit, Natter and Nibble session at Library – 10am

Men’s Shed Open – next to Railway Station – 10am till 3pm – for access by arrangement for all other times ring 0427-317-902

Grenfell Playgroup – Grenfell Public School – 10am till 12noon – Call Emma 6343 -1717

Royal Far West meeting – Bowling Club – 2pm

Rotary Meeting – Bowling Club – 6pm

Thursday – August 2

Leisure Group – Uniting Church Hall – all welcome – Ring Norma on 6343- 1809 for more information

Healthy Heart Group – at Bowling Club – 11am

CWA Day branch meeting – CWA Rooms – 1.30pm

Yoga Classes – CWA Rooms – 5.30pm – 7pm – 6343 3232

Town Band rehearsal – Band Hall – 7.30pm

Friday – August 3

Bingo – Country Club – 10am

Indoor Bowls – Bowling Club – 7pm

Saturday – August 4

Museum Open – Camp St – (next to Council Chambers) – 10am till 3pm

Sunday – August 5

Social Golf – Country Club – 8am

Old Time Dancing at Bowling Club – ring club for times

Monday – August 6

Museum Open – Camp St (next to Council Chambers) – 9am till 11am

Martial Arts – rear of IGA – 6.30pm till 8pm

Lions Club Youth of the Year meeting – Railway Hotel – 6.30 for 7pm

Cadets – Showground – 7pm

Tuesday – August 7

Pole Walking – Showground – 9am

Museum Open – Camp St (next to Council Chambers) – 10am till 3pm

Garden Club AGM – Bowling Club – 2pm

Yoga – CWA Rooms – 5.30pm till 7pm – Sonia 6343 31232

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday – August 8

Combine Pensioners & Superannuants meeting – Melyra St Room – 11am

Saturday – August 11

Junior League Mic Night Jam Session at the Country Club – 6pm start

Sunday – August 12

Plaque Dedication – Holy Trinity Anglican Church with Bishop Hurford – 9am

Sunday – August 18

Grenfell Music Club Concert – Uniting Church Hall – 2.30pm

Monday – August 20

Probus Club meeting – Bowling Club – 10am

Friday – August 31 & Saturday – September 1

Grenfell Show

Tuesday – September 4

Daffodil Day

Saturday September 15

Grenfell Seniors Tennis Invitational Tournament all day + Dinner at Club – 7pm till late

Sunday September 16

Grenfell Seniors Invitational Tennis Tournament continues – all day

Saturday – September 22

Grenfell Jockey Club Loaded Dog Race Day – Grenfell Race Track – gates open – 11am

Saturday – September 29

Bribbaree Show

Greenethorpe community Reminiscence Day – contact Judy Bryant – 6343 6349

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Library Lines

This week’s New Materials display features mainly adult nonfiction although there are also several new children’s DVDs and junior fiction paperbacks.
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Auto/biographies are always popular and there are four new ones this week. “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die” is the story of a young Sudanese refugee who endues flight, a period as a forced child soldier, refugee camp and finally resettlement in Australia on a humanitarian visa. “Bandaid for a Broken Leg” is the intriguing title of the memoirs of Damien Brown, one of the famous Doctors Without Borders who do such wonderful work in the direst trouble spots around the world. It is also an oblique reference to the difficulties of their work.

“My Song” by Harry Belafonte is sub-titled “a memoir of art, race and defiance” so is more than a chronicle of his career as a singer. And very different is “Out of the Blue” by Joanna Fincham – I quote, “a city girl’s tale of true love and romance with a man on the land” …

Today the finale of “Knit, Natter and Nibble” for 2012 will be held with special guest Brooke Daniels from 2CR. Fewer ladies attended the mornings this year but their achievements are remarkable – including squares knitted throughout the year and donated by non-attendees we will be sending away eight completed rugs and over two hundred squares. Well done, ladies! –quite a few people in harsher areas of the world will be the warmer and more comfortable for your efforts.

Today is also the closing day for entries in the National Year of Reading photographic competition. The response has been extremely disappointing and the concept obviously did not appeal. It’s time now to think about the next NYR event, the visit by Jan Richards on 17th September. Current thinking is to have two sessions, an afternoon session at 3.30 pm and an evening session at 7.00 pm, but that will depend on numbers. There is no charge and the usual sumptuous Friends of Grenfell Library catering will be on offer. Jan is an accomplished and experienced speaker and as well as being Manager at Central West Libraries at Orange for many years has been active on the state and national library stage being immediate past President of ALIA and on a multiplicity of committees. Bookings are now being taken at the library so get your name in early, please, so a decision can be made on whether to have one or two sessions.


When is the last time you read a book or article which caused you to really question your understanding of an issue?

Our Reading Ambassador for August is Mrs Judy McInnes. Judy is known to everyone as the Secretary at St Josephs School and through her involvement in many community organizations. Despite her very busy life Judy is a keen reader and finds time to read several books each week. Judy writes,

“On perusing a dictionary to find the explanation of the verb ‘to read’ or the noun ‘reading’ no less than twelve explanations were provided – ‘to observe and apprehend the meaning of; to render in speech; etc …”

“How fortunate we are not to need to keep these very clinical meanings in the forefront of our mind when we settle down with a book!

“How wonderful it is to immerse ‘our self’ in the writer’s world – whether that be mystery, romance, nonfiction or fiction. To be able to experience via the writer’s words and imagination situations we would probably never have the opportunity to have happen in our lives. Surely some of life’s nicest moments are when we can put our problems aside and journey with a writer. While technology is great – ebooks, etc – to me handling a book, wondering what will be revealed as you turn the page, is till one of life’s pleasures. Enjoy your reading!

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Farmers get “Update”

The Australian Government Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) hosted a packed out meeting of local farmers and other interested observers in the Grenfell bowling club yesterday.
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Given that the Weddin Shire and neighbouring districts are still predominantly reliant on the cropping industry as the backbone of their economies the meeting was timely as the harvest season draws near.

The gathering – dubbed a research Update – saw hot agronomic topics such as “combating weeds, boosting crop nutrition and yields” high on the agenda among the local grain growers in attendance to dissect and discuss.

Growers were also there to learn about wide ranging developments in research and practices that can have a positive impact for on-farm production.

The exciting factor regarding the Update was that a line-up of expert speakers from throughout Australia addressed growers on subjects and issues of most relevance and importance to them.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon opened the proceedings with a presentation on nitrogen management for yield and protein in wheat.

Following on from that Mr Shannon introduced Dr Neil Fettell, a researcher from the University of New England and a GRDC Southern Regional Panel member, as well as Dr James Hunt from the CSIRO.

They looked at decision-making considerations for topdressing with nitrogen and raised the question of whether plant genetics affect protein results.

Mr Shannon also commented that “local farmers often deliberated about changing their livestock/cropping mix and whether a change would impact on their future business risk.”

The meeting was also told in an address by Cam Nicholson from Nicon Rural Services that “It’s a dilemma for many people in farming so the likely implications need to be discussed.”

The vital question of herbicide resistance was given some scope by an expert in the field, Dr Chris Preston, from the University of Adelaide.

He provided growers with the latest data on herbicide resistance in weeds and an update on developments in pre-emergent options.

The question of whether it is worth spraying for yellow leaf spot was then taken up by the following speaker, Andrew Milgate from DPI NSW, following which in-crop strategies for knocking out fleabane and sow thistle were covered by Col Plater from Dow Agrosciences.

Mr Shannon then informed the gathering that vital new products were now available and those in development for the grains industry would be detailed by GRDC Manager of Commercial Farm Technologies, Paul Meibusch.

Mr Shannon summed up by saying that the day had been worthwhile for those in attendance and that it was great to see such a terrific response to the enterprise from local growers who were keen to ask questions and learn as much as they could from the experts.

He concluded by saying that it was “encouraging to see local grain growers down tools for half a day to attend the Update which is supported by Farmlink Research and Central West Farming Systems.

“The programs were developed for the Update and have involved considerable collaboration with local farmer representatives to ensure the topics are timely and regionally relevant and that the speakers selected were authorities on each of those issues,” he said.

All smiles at the huge turnout for the GRDC Update at the Grenfell bowling club yesterday – including guest speakers, organisers who were responsible for staging the very successful event, a guest farmer and an Australian farm machinery manufacturer – were (l/r) Neil Fettell (GRDC), Wayne McKay (Canowindra farmer), Di Parsons (Central West Farming Systems – Condobolin), John Cobden (CEO Farmlink

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Bowerman and Schaefer win clearly at men’s night tennis

Round Nine of the Men’s No 2 Winter Night Tennis Competition was played last Tuesday and Steve Bowerman and Warren Schaefer were clear winners with the good score of 30 games.
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Steve and Warren won all their sets in grand style, 5/3, 8/0, 7/1, 5/3, 5/3- very well played, Steve and Warren.

Next best players were Charles Harvey and Michael Doyle winning 26 games.

Michael was a fill-in for Hugh Moffitt.

Charles and Michael lost their first set 3/5 against the top pair but went on to win 6/2, 7/1, 4/4, 6/2.

Grant Fisher and Murray Mitton played consistent tennis to win 23 games for the night. Their sets were 3/5, 5/3, 8/0, 4/4, 3/5.

Rod Freudenstein and Ken Norrie won 18 games, while Anthony Wilson and Peter Sweeting who was filling-in for Stuart McKellar won 16 games.

Once again fill-ins were necessary to keep the Men’s Winter tennis moving along.

There are only three more rounds to be played to finalise the competition.

Round ten will be played next Tuesday night, July 31 weather permitting.


It was decided on Thursday afternoon, July 19 that social tennis will commence at 1 pm. Players felt that with the shorter days still with us, the earlier starting time will allow players to play more tennis before the sun sets beyond the hills.

There was a good roll up for social tennis last week and it was hoped that the rain would hold off to allow play yesterday.

Tennis players are welcome to come along to social tennis on Thursday afternoon.

It was pleasing to hear from our former tennis champion, Alan Heathcote this week that both he and Dianne have settled well into their retirement at Ballina.

Alan is playing regular social tennis on Monday nights with about a dozen men.

The Heathcote’s wished to be remembered to all their friends at Grenfell.


The next round of the Intertown Tennis Competition will be played on Sunday, July 29 when the combined team of Grenfell/Cowra will travel to Temora.

Temora is always a hard team to toss so hopefully those players selected to play will make themselves available – good luck.

Last Sunday, July 22 saw a very pleasing turnout at the Grenfell Junior Development Series Tournament.

Well done by Danny and his committee and other helpers.

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